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Any building system that uses AI and affects individual people could come under greater scrutiny, Credit: BrainBox AI


BrainBox targets Europe with HVAC automation

Canadian building technology supplier BrainBox AI has signed 10 buildings in the UK and Ireland as part of its push into Europe.

BrainBox AI claims to offer a unique technology combining deep learning and cloud-based computing algorithms to support a 24/7 self-operating building.

By using artificial intelligence to predict a building’s thermal load, BrainBox AI’s technology enables the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system in a building to operate autonomously, in real-time. This produces a saving in total energy costs of up to 25% which is achievable in fewer than three months, a 20-40% reduction in carbon footprint and a 60% increase in occupant comfort. Building operators can also see a 50% improvement in HVAC-related operations and maintenance costs.

“Heating and cooling represent 45% of the energy used in commercial real estate and traditional HVAC systems are reaching the limit of how that use can be optimised,” said Sam Ramadori, chief operating officer of BrainBox AI.

“With cost control and environmental concerns at an all-time high, we need to embrace new ways of reducing the energy footprint that commercial real estate has. It is exciting to see how autonomous artificial intelligence is creating entirely new approaches to delivering material energy savings. Expanding into the UK and Ireland will allow BrainBox AI to help more real estate operators better manage building energy consumption and costs.”

BrainBox AI’s market entry into the UK & Ireland sees its technology rolled out to 10 launch customers, supported by its European resale partner, CLEVERNET. One of these customers is Henderson Park Capital, which is looking for new and innovative ways of optimising the operational efficiency and sustainability of their buildings.

AI-powered autonomous buildings represent disruptive innovation that enables significant energy savings. This is achieved by adding an extra layer of intelligence to existing HVAC control systems and enabling building managers to move from being reactive to pre-emptive in the way HVAC systems operate. This sort of responsive building control is especially important for owners and operators of commercial real estate as everyone adapts to new ways of working and using buildings, owing to the impact of the global pandemic.

Since launch in May 2019, BrainBox AI has installed its self-learning technology in over 30m sq ft of commercial properties, across four continents. The company has gained significant traction in its home market of Canada, expanded into the United States and is now scaling its international operations across Europe and APAC.

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